Leaking Basement Walls, most commonly referred to as cellars in the United Kingdom, are cool underground spaces that were originally most commonly used as areas to store foods and stocks over the winter. As a result, these spaces are most commonly found in areas that face cold, harsh winters such as in the United Kingdom or Canada as well as the Midwest, New England, and other parts of the northern United States. Since the 50s, however, basements have instead been used for storage and living space as well as providing access to pipes, wiring, water heaters, ducts, and other areas underneath the main area of the home.
Now you have learned that waterproofing your basement requires different processes. If you think that you really need to waterproof your basement, it is necessary to follow all the steps mentioned above to guarantee that your basement will be successfully waterproofed.
Now that you have done the basic steps in checking the place that surrounds the foundation, you now can start the actual waterproofing of your entire basement. The best thing you can do is to use products like Xypex or Drylok. The Drylok is not considered as a water sealer but something more of a waterproofer. This one expands as it slowly dries and integrates itself on the wall. The Xypex is something like applying a waterproofing concreted direct to the surface where it also bonds itself on the walls.
Basement crack injection is a quick repair process that stops water leaks. The technician does not have to drill into the concrete to do it. For this reason the basement crack repair is a clean process. The technician will attach ports to the surface of the basement crack that allow the liquid polyurethane to enter the basement wall and stop the leak.
Once the basement wall crack is completed, water will not be able to leak into the basement. Now the homeowner's possessions will be safe. As will any insulation on the basement walls, the drywall or the framing used to finish the basement.
<Basement construction is an extremely imperfect procedure. Before reading on, please note these definitions:
Virgin Soil – earth that has not been excavated for construction.
Footprint – The planned area upon which the home will be laid.
Curing – The process by which concrete hardens.
Spalling – To crumble, chip, or break up into small fragments.
Before a basement can be constructed, a large hole must be dug into the virgin earth. This space should be larger than the home’s planned footprint in order to ensure that there’s more than enough space for the foundation walls to be placed. The earth that is excavated will not be pure soil- there will be rocks, roots, and other debris within.
When concrete walls are poured, they can take as much as ten years to fully cure, with factors including the mixture and preparation of the concrete, the humidity level of the air, and the temperature of both the concrete and the outside air. Because of the excessively long time that concrete takes to cure, the foundation is almost always built before the concrete is fully ready.
Published on 20 January 2012